Video:Pairing Tea With Foodwith Annelies Zijderveld
Like wine, tea contains tannins that influence your palate, making certain food taste more appealing. Learn some simple guidelines to pair different types of tea with food.See Transcript
Transcript:Pairing Tea With FoodHi! I'm Annelies Zijderveld with Mighty Leaf Tea for About.com Food, and today I'm going to explain how to pair tea with food.
Why Pair Tea With Food?Like wine, tea pairs well with food, but food pairing is not a science. So, let your palate be your guide. I will provide a few key suggestions to consider as you explore.
Tea Flavor ProfilesThe key to food pairing is to break down the flavor profile of a particular tea and match that to complementary food flavors. Similar to wine, teas possess tannins. On the palate, tannins connote to a full-bodied feel and hitting the sides of your mouth.
Pair Black Tea With FoodBlack teas have more tannins, and thus hold up well when paired with game, meat, or fowl, such as this smoky lapsang souchong. Some black teas have chocolate undertones or honey notes and can pair well with dessert. This orange dulce is a blend of rich black tea leaves scented with jasmine blossoms, vanilla and orange. It is a fabulous complement to a dark chocolate gateau or to creamy desserts.
Pair Green Tea With FoodWhen evaluating green teas, consider their undertones. Does the tea possess a nuttiness, is it roasted, brothy, or vegetal? The nutty, roasted notes of this organic hojicha taste great with creamy cheeses whereas this kyoto rice, also known as popcorn tea, pairs well with chicken or vegetables since it has more of a brothy flavor profile.
Pair White Tea With FoodSince white teas are so delicate, you will want to enjoy them alone or with a biscuit.
Pair Herbal Tea With FoodHerbal infusions run the gamut of flavor profiles and usually are a great choice when considering what to pair with dessert. This ginger twist herbal blend includes ginger, licorice, lemongrass, apple, mint, and other ingredients that would mingle well with a Creme Brule. Classic mint infusions like this organic mint melange typically work well with any kind of dessert or with savory ethnic cuisine such as Greek food.
Experiment With Tea Flavors and FoodYou will find that tea is versatile and any given type can be paired with a variety of foods, ranging from spicy to sweet. If you let your palate be your guide, you will discover the perfect balance of tea and food pairings.
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